Principal's Message

We are BDC, the premier educational choice for your child on the North Coast. 

Welcome to our Bishop Druitt College website.  I have recently joined the BDC family as Principal in the college’s 25th year. It is an honour to be at the helm of the North Coast’s premier K-12 school.

The old proverb of 'it takes a village to raise a child' is one that rings true for me and with this in mind I believe it is the exceptional quality of our staff, the supportive partnerships with our families, and the nurturing relationships with our students that make the difference for each child. We are all stronger together.

An exceptional schooling experience is more than a collection of great educational outcomes, outdoor activities and camp, sporting and cultural events or tours. An exceptional schooling experience has social and emotional ties to the community. The BDC experience provides this meaningful quality. We care.

In 1994 BDC was established with 57 students using a strong Anglican foundation. The tenets of optimism, Anglican tradition, inclusiveness, service, compassion, tolerance, hope, and faithfulness have been built upon with our teaching and learning mission of instilling and supporting children’s passion, commitment, creativity, innovation, integrity, wisdom and endeavour through a dynamic community building ethos. Our BDC values are cemented together with mutual community trust and respect.

Bishop Druitt College founders had the vision to select a school site in the naturally beautiful environment of the Boambee Valley just minutes from the city centre of Coffs Harbour.  Come and visit us.  I would welcome an opportunity to show you our college in person.

Nick Johnstone





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We seek to instil in our students a passion for learning that will bring the knowledge and understanding they will need to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.